§ Mr. Simmonds
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults he plans should participate in learning and skills training up to their first level 2 in each year from 2003 to 2006. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
We expect around 475,000 adults to participate in learning up to their first full level 2 funded by the public sector between 2003 and 2006. In addition there will be a number of learners participating in privately funded learning. We expect this privately funded learning to deliver around 180,000 adults with a first full level 2 between 2003 and 2006.
Taken together with the change in the levels of qualifications of people in the workforce through young people entering the labour market (as adults) and replacing poorer qualified retirees, we expect this level of participation to enable us to meet our commitment to increase the number of adults with a full level 2 qualification by 1 million between 2003 and 2006.